Jo Anne Miller

Jo Anne Miller

After successful careers as an engineer and entrepreneur, Jo Anne began working in early stage investing in 2003. Jo Anne started this career as  a Principal at Nokia Innovent, a seed-stage investing team within the Nokia strategy organization.  In this role, Ms. Miller was responsible for management of the portfolio and the Nokia business relationships.  She subsequently sold the portfolio she helped build at Nokia to Milk Street Ventures, a secondary direct venture capital firm and as a Partner there has successfully managed a very profitable portfolio. In 2008 she was asked to start a west coast branch of Golden Seeds, a nation-wide angel network that invests in women-backed businesses across all sectors.  In addition to her role with Golden Seeds,Jo Anne also invests with SandHill Angels in the Bay Area and is a co-founder of SLO Seed Ventures, a small angel group in San Luis Obispo. In late 2011, Jo Anne joined fellow San Luis Obispo investor/entrepreneur Jim Hale to form Brown Dog Partners, LLC, to commercialize research in the growing Agricultural Technology space.

Prior to Nokia, Jo Anne was the President and CEO of Gluon Networks, a start-up providing next-generation converged voice and data switching and management systems for local telephone service providers, raising $62M in venture capital funding.  Jo Anne has more than 29 years of telecommunications and computer industry experience, including senior executive, engineering  management, and research roles at JetCell, an indoor wireless/VoIP company (acquired by Cisco Systems), AirNet Communications, a wireless infrastructure company, Tellabs, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.  Ms. Miller has a BS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Chicago..